So, YES. The iPhone 4 does have a serious problem that cannot be fixed within the software.
It appears that when held with the left hand, assumedly connecting the two antennas, the signal drops significantly, often cutting off data and any phone calls.
True, some people did not see this yet, some complains about similar symptoms in other phones as well, but bottom line is that Apple "cool engineering" made a serious fuck up this time…
Since it really cannot be fixed without changing the amazing design of the iPhone, Apple's response was a bit… weird, saying something like: "don't hold the phone like this and you won't have any problem…". Typical…
Most of the fanatics do not care:
Anyhow, regardless to what I think of this issue (OK, because you've asked: I think there are few <beep> people in Apple's QA that must go home for not finding this bug) – it seems like Apple's fan just do not care about those things: according to the iPhone Guru: between 1 and 1.5 million iPhone 4’s were sold on the first day.
"Those figures are based on 600,000 pre-orders, 100,000 sales in Apple stores, 50,000 sold in Best Buy and then an additional few hundred thousand sold outside of the US.
Munster also identified that 77 per cent of day one iPhone 4 purchases were being made by users upgrading from a previous iPhone. He also found that:
16% of buyers were switching carriers to AT&T
28% already owned an iPad
39% of those who didn’t own an iPad hope to buy one in the next 12 months."
Reception Problems Continue:
So how will all of those users get used to the new problems of the iPhone 4? It's easy: check out some of the improvisations people did to avoid the reception problems:
(Images Source: Gizmodo)